Seasoned academician Dr Habibur Rehman (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) has assumed the charge of the office of Vice Chancellor of state-run Mirpur University of Science & Technology Mirpur, it was officially declared.

AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, who is also the Chancellor of all public-sector universities in AJK, recently granted approval to the induction of Dr Habibur Rehman as Vice Chancellor of MUST in the light of the recommendations of the search committee of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Senate of the varsity, official sources told this Correspondent here on Tuesday.

It is to be noted that MUST is the only state-run university of science and technology in AJK.

Dr Habibur Rehman had already served the public-sector AJK University as Vice Chancellor for a full term as well as the MUST in the same position in the past.

 The office was lying vacant since past many months and a senior academician of the University and Dean Dr Muhammad Sarwar was performing as acting Vice Chancellor so far.

After the AJK President and Chancellor’s office invited applications for the appointment of the Must VC, four candidates including Dr Habibur Rehman were short listed from amongst total of 48 candidates after a thorough scrutiny. The HEC search committee and Senate of the varsity in its recent meeting had tabled their recommendations for induction of Dr Habib into the office.

Dr Habib ur Rehman has a long distinctive career being a seasoned educationist from Azad Jammu & Kashmir.